Program Linking Practical Engineering Skills with Global Humanitarian Service
We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world. Middle school, high school, and college teachers learn to teach the organization’s extensive curriculum during two-day workshops. These trained teachers then lead their students in building a standalone solar system called the We Share Solar Suitcase. As students build, they learn about global-energy poverty, basic electricity, solar energy, and engineering. Students donate one of their classroom’s We Share Solar Suitcases to a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world. Classrooms reuse the remaining systems for ongoing education. We Share Solar works with partners in target countries to select placement sites, conduct installations, and educate users of the Solar Suitcase. These global partners share placement stories and photos with the student builders so students can see the full impact of their work. We Share Solar is funded by corporations and foundations who value community engagement.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is holding a freeonline event for middle school and high school students and teachers on September 21, 2021. The interactive session, titled “Mathematics, the Key to a Hidden World,” will explore how mathematics helps us wonder at the world we live in.
Lead4Change is an innovative leadership curriculum for students in grades 6–12. The program includes ready-to-use leadershiplessons aligned to current education standards, including SEL, PBL, Literacy, and 21st Century Skills. Lead4Change also offers Integration Guides for incorporating the lessons into CTE, STEAM, Gifted Education, and core subject areas—English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art—in any setting or learning environment. Additionally, student teams can enter the Lead4Change Challenge and win grants for their school or community. Educators are invited to register for full, free access today.